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Author Cairns, Alan.

Title Citizens plus : aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state / Alan C. Cairns.

Published Vancouver : UBC Press, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  323.1197071 CAIR    DUE 11-11-19
Physical description 280 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Brenda and David McLean Canadian studies series.
Brenda and David McLean Canadian studies series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Empire 14 -- Complex Problem of "Voice" 14 -- History and Humility 16 -- Empire at Home and Abroad 19 -- Cultural Terrain over Which the Battle Is Fought 29 -- How Did We Get to Where We Are? 40 -- 2 Assimilation 47 -- Basic Assimilation Policy 49 -- Cross-currents 71 -- 3 Choice 80 -- A Time of Transition 80 -- Influence of the Past 86 -- Requirements of Good Aboriginal Constitutional Policy 90 -- Assimilation versus Parallelism: Warring Paradigms 91 -- How We See Ourselves: The Discourse of Contrast 97 -- An Alternative Vision: A Modernizing Aboriginality 102 -- A Basis for Living Apart and Together 106 -- Self-Government Is Only Half an Answer 110 -- 4 Constitutional Vision of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 116 -- A Many-Splendoured but Problematic Report 117 -- Constitutional Vision of RCAP 122 -- 5 Choice Revisited 161 -- An Early Vision: Citizens Plus 161 -- Aboriginal Rights and Aboriginal Nations 165.
Summary In Citizens Plus, Alan Cairns unravels the historical record to clarify the current impasse in negotiations between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state. He considers the assimilationist policy of the imperial era, examines more recent government initiatives, and analyzes the emergence of the nation-to-nation paradigm given massive support by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Citizens Plus strikes a middle ground between a revised assimilation policy and the nation-to-nation vision, supporting constitutional and institutional arrangements which would simultaneously recognize Aboriginal difference and reinforce the solidarity of common citizenship. Essential reading for those concerned about one of the most important and complex issues in contemporary Canada.
Subject Canada. Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Indigenous peoples.
ISBN 0774807679 (bound) $39.95